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Workers' Compensation

The University of New Mexico (UNM) provides coverage and certain forms of compensation to employees who incur an injury or illness arising out of and in the course of their employment. The New Mexico Workers' Compensation Program administers these compensation payments and covers any person receiving a salary or wage from and acting in the service of the University.

When an injury or illness is life threatening in nature, such as loss of a limb or severe burn, the employee shall go to the nearest emergency facility. Any follow-up treatment must be with the University Employee Occupational Health Services (EOHS) and not the medical staff from the emergency facility. If possible, the employee should identify himself or herself as a University employee and state that the need for medical care results from a work related injury. The employee shall instruct the emergency facility to submit all bills for treatment, with treatment notes attached, to:

UNM Risk Management Department
MSC07 4100
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

An employee who experiences a work related injury or illness during the regular work hours, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, must seek medical care at EOHS, Room 232, Family Practice Center, 2400 Tucker N.E. This building is located on the north campus at the University Health Sciences Center.

An employee who experiences a work related injury or illness after 4:30 p.m. and before 7:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, or any hour during a weekend and/or holiday shall seek medical care at the University Hospital. The employee is to identify himself or herself as a University employee with a work related injury and ask for a doctor from the Family Practice Division of the School of Medicine. Any follow-up treatment must be with EOHS and not a regular University Hospital physician.

An employee who works outside the boundaries of Bernalillo County may visit a medical care provider of his or her choice. The employee must identify himself or herself as a University employee and state that the need for medical care results from work related injury. The employee shall instruct the health care provider to submit all bills for treatment, with treatment notes attached, to address shown above.

A health care professional at EOHS will treat the employee and/or refer the employee to a medical specialist depending upon the nature of the medical problem. This decision will be at the discretion of an EOHS health care professional. If an employee, within the first sixty (60) days, chooses to seek medical care for a work related injury or illness without being referred by a health care professional at EOHS, the employee jeopardizes coverage under the Workers' Compensation Act.

Costs Incurred

All bills for medical treatment and related items should be sent to address shown above. The employee's department must notify the University Payroll Department and SRS, in writing, when an employee misses five (5) or more days of work due to a work related injury or illness.

All work related accidents and/or illnesses that require medical attention or that may require medical attention in the future must be reported to the employee's immediate supervisor. The immediate supervisor will ensure that the Department of Risk Services receives a UNM First Report of Accident within twenty-four (24) hours from the time the employee's supervisor was informed of the accident.

If an employee is involved in a work related accident, but does not appear to require treatment or corrective action, the employee must complete a Notice of Accident form to preserve his or her rights under Workers' Compensation. The employee should complete the form as soon as possible, but no later than fifteen (15) days after the injury occurs. The employee should send the form to:

UNM Risk Services
MSC07 4100
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Failure to meet the fifteen (15) day deadline could jeopardize coverage under the Workers' Compensation Program.